Fort Wayne International Airport impacted by Atlanta airport shutdown, but has its own plans to deal with power outages

Fort Wayne International Airport had a total of five flights canceled after a power outage shut down Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but the Fort Wayne airport has systems and plans in place to cope with a power outage. (News-Sentinel.com file photo).

The power outage Sunday that closed Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport still was impacting Fort Wayne International Airport travelers Monday afternoon, but local officials hoped normal operations would resume this evening.

Fort Wayne airport officials ask passengers to check with the airlines for the most recent and up-to-date information about their flights because some flights still were experiencing delays.

The closing of Atlanta’s airport – the world’s busiest – caused the cancellation of all Fort Wayne International Airport flights by Delta Airlines on Sunday afternoon and evening, Rebecca Neild, air service and marketing manager for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, said via email. Atlanta is a major hub for Delta flights.

The flights canceled Sunday included one from Fort Wayne to Atlanta and three from Atlanta to Fort Wayne, Neild said. A Delta flight scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Monday from Fort Wayne to Atlanta also was canceled.

Passengers on the two flights scheduled to leave Fort Wayne for Atlanta were rebooked on other flights, Neild said.

Fort Wayne International Airport is prepared to deal with a power outage, Scott Hinderman, the airport authority’s executive director of airports, said in the email.

“We are not fully aware of all the details or duplication of systems at the Atlanta airport, and therefore it would be difficult to comment on their situation,” Hinderman said. “FWA (Fort Wayne International Airport) does have duplication of electrical systems. We have two primary commercial electrical feeds that serve the airport. Additionally, we have a backup generator that is capable to maintain the basic functionality of the terminal building.

“Our two runways also have separate, redundant (power) systems and backup generators from each other,” he said.

In addition, Fort Wayne airport staff are prepared to deal with an unexpected event, such as a power outage, Hinderman said.

“Both the airlines and airport staff have procedures in place to handle what we call ‘Irregular Operations,'” he said. “Such operations could be anything ranging from an increase in diversion aircraft, a significant weather event and such an event that happened at ATL (Atlanta airport) this last weekend.”

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